New York Film Locations

Revisit for Made of Honor

17 May 2020

In 2009, the romantic comedy “Made of Honor” was chosen as one of the first movies to be posted on otsoNY, with Central Park, Times Square and Saks department store on Fifth Avenue as the only locations pin-pointed. This month, otsoNY revisits the Paul Weiland directed film and will include additional New York locations as well as high quality screen grabs.

Made of Honor Film Poster

The film starred Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan, and besides locations in New York, the filmmakers travelled to Scotland to film at Dunvegan Castle, on the Isle of Skye. Dunvegan Castle is said to be the oldest inhabited castle in northern Scotland. It has been occupied continuously by MacLeod chiefs for over seven centuries, and remains the MacLeod ancestral home. Skye's permanent population is around 12,000, and the film production rolled in with a cast of 25, a crew of 250, and 300 extras.

The story of the film started on Halloween night, 1998, at Cornell University, Tom Bailey, Jr. played by Patrick Dempsey, in costume as Bill Clinton, slips into bed with his pre-arranged date, Monica. It turns out to be the wrong woman, Monica's roommate Hannah played by Michelle Monaghan, and Tom likes her because she is so honest and does not fling herself at him. Ten years later, Hannah and Tom are best friends. Tom is very wealthy because of his creation of the "coffee collar" and gets a dime every time it is used. Tom is with a different girl every week, while Hannah focuses on her career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is very content with his life, suspecting that Hannah is too.

Scene from Made of Honor

After Tom takes Hannah to his father's played by Sydney Pollack sixth wedding, Hannah tells Tom she must go to Scotland for work. While she's gone, Tom discovers that without her, being with another woman week after week is not very fulfilling. He realizes that he loves Hannah and decides to tell her his feelings when she gets back. Upon returning, Hannah surprisingly announces she is engaged to a wealthy Scot named Colin played by Kevin McKidd. Hannah asks Tom to be her maid of honor for her wedding. After discussing it with his friends, Tom decides to be her maid of honor, only to spend time with her and try to convince her she does not even know Colin, as well as making her realize that he loves her and she should be marrying him.

After arriving in Scotland at Eilean Donan Castle for the wedding, Tom realizes he is running out of time to stop Hannah. He meets all of Colin's family and must perform in a variant of the Highland Games, in which the groom must compete to prove himself worthy of his bride. Tom is also in the competition with Colin but loses in the last round. Tom takes Hannah out for a walk, hoping to tell her how he feels. The other bridesmaids interrupt for Hannah's bachelorette party. On her Hen Night, Hannah parades around a pub and sells her kisses for change. As she goes around, Hannah then kisses Tom. Though it just started as a peck on the cheek, it turns into a passionate kiss.

Scene from Made of Honor

That night, Hannah confronts Tom to ask about the kiss. When she gets to his room, her drunk cousin is there, trying to have sex with him. Hannah leaves and Tom runs after her. He knocks on her door, pleading for her to let him in. She refuses and asks about the kiss. He tells her he knew he, not Colin, was the one for her. She refuses to say that she thinks so too and instead tells Tom that she still expects to marry Colin the next day. Tom cannot go through with watching Hannah and Colin get married so he decides to go home.

Scene from Made of Honor

When questioned about his sudden departure shortly before the wedding is to take place, Hannah informs Colin that Tom is just afraid of losing her. On the way home, Tom realizes that he must stop the wedding and goes back on horseback. Just when the priest asks for objections, Tom is sent flying off his horse and through the chapel doors. Seeing her best friend on the floor, Hannah rushes to him. As he struggles to stand up, he tells her that he loves her more than anything and that she should marry him. They then share a kiss. Hannah tells Colin that she is very sorry and that he is the perfect guy, just not the perfect guy for her. Colin's aunt then tells Colin, in Scots, to "deck" Tom, which he does without hesitation.

Scene from Made of Honor

Hannah and Tom eventually get married. Melissa catches the bouquet and then links arms with Tom's dad, to which he says "Number 6?" and his lawyer says "7". Hannah and Tom go on their honeymoon. Tom turns on the light just to see if he has got the right girl and Hannah replies "You do". The two kiss and as Hannah turns off the light, Tom says "Oh, Monica" and Hannah replies "Oh, Bill."

Michelle Monaghan

American actress Michelle Lynn Monaghan is best known for her starring role as Julia Meade in the action spy films “Mission: Impossible III”, “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”, and “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”, though she has starred in several New York-based films to include “Made of Honor”, “Unfaithful”, “Perfume”, “The Vanishing of Sidney Hall”, and “Penthouse North”, though that film was set in New York, it was actually filmed in Canada.

Actress Michelle Monaghan

On television, Monaghan starred as Maggie Hart in the first season of the anthology crime drama series “True Detective” in 2014, for which she received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. She also starred as Sarah Lane in the drama series “The Path”. Monaghan's first two credited television appearances, in a supporting role, were as "Caroline Busse" in episodes of “Young Americans”, which aired in 2000. She also performed on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”; and she made her big screen debut that same year in the film “Perfume”, playing the part of Henrietta. Her next film, again in a supporting role, was in 2002 in “Unfaithful”, starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane.

Monaghan got a big-break role in 2002 when she co-starred in the television series “Boston Public” playing the role of Kimberly Woods. After guest-starring for a season, she returned to film, appearing in “It Runs in the Family” in 2003, “Winter Solstice” in 2004, and starring with Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer in “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” in 2005. She also appears in “Constantine” in 2005, but her role in that film was essentially cut, with her scenes viewable on the DVD under deleted scenes. In 2007, she co-starred with Ben Stiller in “The Heartbreak Kid”, and with Casey Affleck in “Gone Baby Gone”. In 2008, she co-starred with Patrick Dempsey in “Made of Honor”, and co-starred with Shia LaBeouf in “Eagle Eye”. She starred alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in “Source Code”. She played Diane Ford in “Trucker”.

In 2014, Monaghan starred in the first season of HBO anthology series “True Detective”. In April 2016, Monaghan joined the principal cast of Shawn Christensen's independent feature film “The Vanishing of Sidney Hall”. In May 2018, it was announced that Monaghan had been cast in the main role of CIA operative Eva Geller in the Netflix thriller “Messiah”. The series premiered on Netflix on 1st January 2020.

Actress Michelle Monaghan


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